Genital Herpes Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is genital herpes?

This is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). It causes painful, small blisters over the private parts.

Symptoms of genital herpes

  • Pain around the vulva or vagina

  • Pain in the penis

  • Lump or bump on the penis

  • Ulcers over the genitals

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • Pain when passing urine

  • Groin pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for genital herpes

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose genital herpes

  • Do you have pain in your genital area?

  • Do you have pain in the penis?

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps on your penis?

  • Do you have sores or erosion in your private area?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

Treatment for genital herpes

While there is no cure for genital herpes, antivirals can help to shorten the time needed to recover. This can be given through creams or oral medication.

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